LONDON — After a two year stint in New York, colorist Paul Harrison is returning to Freefolk’s London studio in Soho (https://freefolk.com). Harrison is considered one of London’s top visual effects artists. He started his career at The Mill, and then moved to MPC before establishing the grading department at Freefolk in 2012. In addition to his creative ability, Harrison has built strong relationships with some of the industry’s leading directors and DPs.
“It’s brilliant to have Paul back with us in London,” says Freefolk co-founder and creative director, Jason Watts. “His UK client base is so strong that he ended up working remotely on numerous UK projects whilst in New York City, so it made sense to stick to one location. There’s only one Paul and he can’t be in two places at once! He’ll still be available for remote grades with his American clients through various partnerships we have established, so it’s the best of both worlds.”
In related news, co-founder and managing director Justine White has stepped down, with Fi Kilroe and Vittorio Giannini taking over as joint managing directors/executive producers. Formerly head of production and executive producer respectively, Fi and Vittorio are well placed to lead the company going forward. Having both started their careers at The Mill, Vittorio moved on to become director of production at MPC, while Fi worked in production before heading up the production department at The Mill. The changes coincide with the company’s decision to close their New York studio to focus instead on their London offering.
“In the past year, with both launching our Emmy-winning and twice BAFTA-nominated longform department and some pretty big commercial projects, we are experiencing an extremely busy time in London, so it makes sense to really concentrate our services and have the best talent under one roof,” notes Giannini.